The 2018 World Cup is kicking off today. There will only be one matched played after the opening ceremony and it will feature the home team, Russia, going up against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
All the odd makers around the world including Las Vegas have Russia as the favorite to win the opening match.
Russia is a -230 money-line favorite which means if you are betting on Russia to win, you would have to bet $230 in order to win $100. Do not waste your time betting on Russia however. Even with the home court advantage and what many considers a superior team, Russia will get an upset in the first game.
Fans of Russia need not to worry, however, Russia will go on to win their next two matches and move on to the next round.
Russia did not win a single friendly match in 2018 and will continue that losing trend when they play Saudi Arabia. However that will be their wake up call and the Russians who are at full strength will shock a lot of people in their remaining matches in the tournament.
Russia’s leading striker, Fedor Smolov, has scored 63 goals in 99 games and it will not be surprising if his name is mentioned with the other great goal scorers in the world like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Smolov is Russia’s secret weapon and the reason why the Russians will be upset by the Saudi Arabians but still make it out of the first round.